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[ca. 1891]-2013, predominant 1967-2004 (Creation)
- Archambeau, Gerald A., 1933-
3 scrapbooks : 20 x 37 cm and 30 x 25 cm
42 photographs : col. and b&w ; 18 x 15 cm or smaller
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Gerald A. Archambeau is a Canadian citizen (b.1933) who emigrated from Jamaica to Montreal in 1947. He was the first black adolescent to join the Canadian Naval Cadets in Montreal in 1948, and the first black telegraph messenger to work for the Angelo American Telegraph Company. Archambeau worked as a passenger car attendant for the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Canadian National Railway in the 1950s. From 1967 to his retirement in 1993, Archambeau worked worked as a station attendant for Air Canada at the Malton (now Pearson International) airport. In 2004 Archambeau published his autobiography: "A Struggle To Walk With Dignity: The story of a Jamaican-born Canadian."
Archambeau's grandfather was a police inspector, naturalist, lecturer and explorer in Jamaica, Herbert T. Thomas.
His first wife was Gertrude Thomas. They had five sons and one daughter. The couple lost four of their sons during WWI. Archambeau's grandmother, Leonora Thomas, was Herbert T. Thomas' second wife. She was a seamstress and owned a local bakery. The couple had four daughters.
Archambeau's mother Phyllis A. Thomas, was a nurse. Phyllis had three sisters:Dorothy M. Thomas (also known as Dorothy Coot) was a legal secretary and the first female underwriter at New York Life Insurance Company; Beatrice V. Thomas was a cost accountant for a rum company based in Jamaica; Kathleen M. Thomas was also a legal secretary.
Additional biographical information can be found online through a Historica Canada recording of Archambeau speaking about his childhood in Jamaica. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZDurN3G4Gk&feature=youtu.be.
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2012/02/28 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2012/10/02 Anna St.Onge. Adjusted finding aid link Added access point.
2012/10/02 Anna St.Onge. Correct citations for books in Spec Coll.
2013/04/02 Anna St.Onge. added information of photocopied material sent in 2012 (photocopy of material held by Columbia University Libraries) Changed the fonds name: Archambeau wants it to be identified as the Archambeau-Thomas family collection.
2013/04/18 Anna St.Onge. Switched last three accruals received in late 2012 and 2013 into one accession 2013-016. Removed 2011-047 / 003 (05) and (06) to 2013-016.
2013/04/18 Anna St.Onge. Updated scope and content note to include info re. Thomas' involvement in the campaign to eradicate practice of obeha in Jamaica.
2013/07/04 Anna St.Onge. Adjusted title to read collection (based on donor's request). Adjusted authority record for Thomas to be Thomas, Herbert Theodore, 1856-
2013/12/18 Anna St.Onge. Revised biographical sketch based on Archambeau's info re. his grandmother, mother, aunts. Added information re. genealogists Alan Grevson and Madeleine E. Mitchell.
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM.
2019/02/08 J. Grant. Post-migration metadata clean-up.